The Principles of Leadership
Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
Be technically and tactically proficient.
Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates.
Make sound and timely decisions.
Set an example.
Know your people and look out for their welfare.
Keep your people informed.
Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.
Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.
Train your people as a team.
Employ your team in accordance with its capabilities.
Nothing happens without example…even if the example is your own.
Teach the basics…then teach them again.
Take frequent moments to acknowledge and recognize the sacrifices your service members and families are making.
There is nothing more important than accomplishing the mission…except for taking care of your people.
The best leaders are able to show, when appropriate, both confidence and humility.
Good ideas have no rank.
Leadership is not a thing; it is a relationship.
Never let the sun go down on a soldier’s pay problem.
Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.
A core function of every military organization is to develop leaders.
Everything takes 8 times as long as you think it will.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
Sometimes you have to not just dream about what could be – you get out and push and you pull and you preach. And you create a climate and environment to get those in high places, to get men and women of good will in power to act.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Leaders Leading Leaders
The Carpenter’s House
An elderly carpenter was about to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. His contractor was sorry to see his good worker go. He asked the carpenter to build just one more house before retiring. The carpenter accepted, even though he didn’t really want to do so. His heart was not in his work anymore. He put in a half-hearted effort, taking shortcuts and using inferior building materials. The quality of the finished building was much below his usual standards.
When the project finished, the contractor came to see the house. He took a look around, then he took out the front-door key and handed it to the contractor. “My friend, this house is yours. This is my gift to you as a thank you for all these years of hard work.” The contractor said.
The old man was shocked and embarrassed. If only he had known, things would have been done in a different way. He would have taken care of every detail and this house would be the most beautiful house that he’d ever built.
Like the old carpenter, many of us do not give the job our best effort. Then we find ourselves living in the poor quality house we have built.